Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Mistakes: Affiliate Marketing the Wrong Way

Yes, you can make good money with affiliate marketing. But it is not going to happen overnight and it is not going to be easy. I don’t care what anyone else says. Maybe someone got really lucky but for the 99.9999% of the rest of us, making money at affiliate marketing will take time and effort. Having an affiliate marketing business is no different than any other type of business. It takes time and hard work. Don't make the mistakes a lot of new marketers end up making.

Just like any other business, before you head into affiliate marketing, you should do your research ahead of time. Have a good feel for how much time, effort and money you will need to put into your affiliate business before it will become profitable. Don’t enter the affiliating marketing business on a whim, build your web site, and then expect to sit back and have the money roll in. It is NOT going to happen.

Here are some mistakes people make when they move into affiliate marketing:

* They forget they need traffic. Have a fantastic product? Have a great web site? Have quality content? All great but they are not going to do you any good unless you can get traffic to your site. Not continuing to market and advertise their site are two of the most common mistakes people make.

* They end up in deep debt trying to drive traffic to their site. It will take time to figure out what works right for your site and some of that traffic might cost money for advertising, which is OK. Mistakes made are not watching the balance of what is being spent and making sure there is a great return on the investment.

* They use the same techniques to drive traffic as all of their competitors. Big mistake as you want to make yourself different from your competitor.

* They think a nice brand new attractive web site, with some original content, is all that is necessary. Then they sit back for a few months and expect the money to come rolling in. It's not going to happen.

To be successful at affiliate marketing takes patience and hard work. Keep reminding yourself that the majority of your competitors will give up after 3-6 months. Yes, it could take a year or longer to see that money starting to come in on a regular basis. But the bigggest mistake you can make is also giving up. You won’t see ANY results if you don’t keep working at it.

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